About Joseph Durepos

Joseph Durepos has worked at Loyola Press since 2002. There he has acquired and published over 200 books, including books by New York Times Best Selling authors Fr. James Martin (My Life with the Saints), Joan Wester Anderson (In the Arms of Angels), and Pope Francis (The Church of Mercy). Before coming to Loyola Press, Joseph was an independent literary agent specializing in religion and spirituality titles.

Reverence and the Deer

I was walking early one morning, just as the sun was coming up. I was in a section of woods not too far from my home. I was trying to walk as soundlessly as possible. There was a mist that morning and the woods seemed hushed. Before I was aware of it, I came face-to-face with a large male deer. It was beautiful. I was startled; the deer just stood there and watched me. I […]

Mother Teresa and Mom

From 1966 to 1970 my family lived in England. One of our favorite television journalists was Malcolm Muggeridge. Muggeridge was not known as an overly religious man. But he began broadcasting mesmerizing stories about an unusual nun in the streets of Calcutta. His news reports, along with his documentary, Something Beautiful for God, introduced the world to Mother Teresa, the saint of the streets. I was intrigued by Mother Teresa, as much as an adolescent […]

What Is Ignatian Friendship?

Is there a difference between an Ignatian friendship—a friendship inspired by the spiritual wisdom of St. Ignatius Loyola—and other types of friendship? I posit that an Ignatian friendship is an intentional relationship modeled on the idea of magis, a word that means more, but for our purposes, we’ll expand that to define magis as the greater good. An Ignatian friendship is therefore grounded in the idea of one friend desiring the greatest good for the […]

Giving Thanks

We are all living the unlived lives of our parents and our culture. In Anna Karenina, Tolstoy writes, “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” Now we speak of dysfunctional families. We’re wounded by our beginnings, even if we just had a “good-enough father” when we wanted a perfect father. But could it be a necessary wounding? –from On the Threshold of Transformation by Richard Rohr I remember […]